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My Romance with Radio

Updated on March 30, 2017
Photo taken from an Exhibition conducted in Kozhikode in 2012 at Police Club.
Photo taken from an Exhibition conducted in Kozhikode in 2012 at Police Club. | Source
The old Transistor Radio, now a nostalgic gadget!
The old Transistor Radio, now a nostalgic gadget! | Source

Radio was the most popular and widely used gadget we had ever seen. In the past it was the only medium for entertainment. Even this too was a luxury in those poverty stricken days. Then with increasing popularity and the resultant demand, one thing happened. Radio became cheaper making it an unavoidable home appliance in every home. Here I make a stroll through the nostalgic memory of radio, which was so popular in my childhood days. Though it is a universal thing, this story I present here has an Indian flavor just because I am an Indian.


How Radio Became Popular


Knowing the story of how Radio became popular is interesting. It was a slow and steady win. What influenced the people most was music and news broadcast. Calculating the high penetration of Radio, the broadcasters started airing programs participating the listeners too. The lay men were so excited when they heard their own name being read through radio. The 'Songs on Demand' (Your Requested Ones!) program thus became a hot one. Listeners from across the country started to write (request) for their favorite numbers quoting their names as well that of the entire family members.


Some India Story


In India, the commercial broadcast started by 'Akashvani' and 'Vividh Bharathi' paved way for its popularity. This helped radio to reach each and every nook and corner of the country.


I still remember my childhood habit of playing with the radio. Tuning, listening and 'exploring' more stations were my passion. BBC, Voice of America, Stations from Pakistan, Kuwait, Hong Kong, Russia, Germany, Australia....all satisfied my ear. 'The more the Band, the more the pleasure' was the mood of that time. A Radio of Ten Bands was a dream for many. Size also mattered. I saw the biggest in my high school's office (Zamorin's College High School, Tali, Calicut). It was beautiful too. I wished to own such a one.


Listening melodies of Hindi songs through various programs such as "Aapki farmayish", "Manchahi geeth", "Chaayageeth", "Jayamala" were a thrilling experience. Everyone felt a kind of nostalgia. The entire nation stood attentively to enjoy it. It was a great relax from the hustle and bustle of life.


Photo taken from an Exhibition conducted in Kozhikode in 2012 at Police Club.
Photo taken from an Exhibition conducted in Kozhikode in 2012 at Police Club. | Source

Advantages of Radio


Unlike TV or Internet, it doesn't steal our time. We can attend our work from home or office listening radio. There is no harm for our eyes and fear of becoming "potato couch"! TV on the contrary, badly affects our health if watched long, the most damage being for eyes.


On the operational side also radio has many advantages. It requires less power and can be used during power failure also with inexpensive batteries. There is no need of antenna, cable or any registration with Service Providers. We need not pay any subscription too. Thus, it is the cheapest entertainment medium also.


The post 90s saw the emergence of Color TVs and Cable Channels. Then came Internet. All these provided round the clock entertainment. The society naturally shifted their choice to these media. Radio slowly lost its charm and nobody spared time for this "Blind Box". It was almost thrown out from the living room unable to compete with the "Idiot Box"!


Thank God, fortunately a positive change has taken place now. People have renewed their love for radio and are coming back now. Perhaps they must have fed up with the routine and boring Sops on TV. The listeners are now well aware that the TV Serials are nothing but "Tear Production Units"! The invasion of FM Radio has brought cheers back to radio lovers and it can be attributed as the chief reason for the shift in favor of radios.


The villages and metros alike are now vibrant with FM Radios. 'Infotainment' is their new 'mantra'. Information and entertainment are mixed and served hot. Traffic updates, climate condition, train schedules, engagement, etc., are announced for the benefit of listeners.


Let's romance with Radio and relax! Let us have some fun. It is a nostalgic gadget of our old good days.

Do you have any nostalgic experience with Radio?

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© 2012 Sunil Kumar Kunnoth

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      You again took me to that nostalgic route of Radio and its romantic history. I too feel happy on hearing some nice words about radio and we are part of the little fan club. I still enjoy listening radio but now the technology and the instrument are different. I am listening FM programs nowadays. But the spirit is intact and still inspiring.

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      Billie Kelpin 2 years ago from Newport Beach

      sunilkunnoth2012, I am TOTALLY a radio person, an auditory learner. I agree that radio frees you up to wash the dishes, do the laundry, do ANYTHING while you listen. Ocassionally I even listen to National Public Radio here in the States while I'm writing, but I can't do that to a great extent. I stream radio shows that I miss. I do wish there was radio drama as there was in the 50s when my mother had one of those big, rounded radios with the tubes in the back and listened to all kinds of radio "theater". Some of my favorite programs are not televised and some of the most intellectual news is on the radio. My favorite politital interviewer to stream is Ian Masters, a native Austrailian who now resides here in CA and broadcasts on Pacifica Radio. Nice to know those of us who love radio have our own little "fan club"! Cheers, Billie

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      @swilliams, I am so happy that you found this hub and have some love for radio. It is a nostalgic memory now. Thanks for the visit, comments, vote and the tweet. Hope to hear similar interesting story from your end. Keep on writing. You are a talented writer. So never give up.

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      Emunah La Paz 2 years ago from Arizona

      Some inventions never go out of style this is a unique Hub. Thank you for covering the transition of the raido from your point of view. You painted a colorful picture of your love for a classic invention! Voted up interesting and tweeted out!

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Thank you Atul for visiting and commenting.

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      ATULK 3 years ago

      WE NEW GENERATION HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT RADIO.ANYHOW AFTER READING THIS ARTICLE I GOT SOME INTEREST IN RADIO.

      NICE ARTICLE THANK YOU FOR PUBLISHING.

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      Moronke Oluwatoyin 3 years ago

      I'm a radio fan.

      I simply love and consider it as the best technology mankind has made.

      Thanks.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 5 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      thanks

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 5 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Thanks for your compliments. Hi wetnosedogs, await your comments on my other hubs too, if you don't mind.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 5 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi shalini narayan,

      Thanks for your comments. May I request you to keep a watch on my other hubs too.

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      shalini narayan 5 years ago

      very nice...

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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      Enjoyed this hub. I like the radio more than tv.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 5 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi,

      Thanks for your comments and sharp observation.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 5 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi Lawrence,

      Thank you for your comment. I will write more soon. Hope you will catch up and express your comments.

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 5 years ago from Mason City

      Radio has been around along time. There sure was a lot of good shows like lights out and others. I remember the show that was on the radio about Martians invading the Earth and people thought it was real. It was by Orson Wells. I saw the movie about it on TV years ago. Radio doesn't cost a lot to listen to with inexpensive batteries or being plugged in. The radio is handy when the lights go out along as there are batteries. I voted up.

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      Lawrence Da-vid 5 years ago

      To paraphrase Mr. Art Bell of Coast to Coast AM radio.....people that continuously listen to radio....reallly listen to radio. They are attentive and alert.....99 percent do pay attention to what is or is not vocalized over radio.

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      julie 5 years ago

      MThough the content is not much what we call in malayalam sathaa is not much,but it is cute.